Despite being lauded for design, Apple is the reigning champion in this field, producing a conga line of skeuomorphs that are by turns baffling and annoying. Its iPhone app, Find My Friends, includes astonishingly ugly, faux stitched leather that wastes screen space. On the new iCal for the Macintosh, things are odder yet: when you page forward, the sheet for the previous month rips off and floats away, an animation so artless you’d swear it was designed personally by Bill Gates.
In other words, the Mute switch silences sounds that the user didn’t ask for, but not those that the user explicitly requested.
Marco is dead on. Where do you put the iPhone while sleeping? In another room? In the same room? Even next to your bed?
I usually mute the phone while sleeping. Imagine what a bad design mistake it would be if the alarm would’t wake me up because I don’t want to be disturbed while sleeping.